Hobopop E​.​P.

by Kirsty McGee

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i hear them scratching in the middle of the night i hear the voices in the walls there’s a bird trapped in the chimney i hear him when the lights turn low i run the water and it splutters in the bowl irises and yellow flag and crimson daisies grow beyond the wall there lies a dusty bed of stones i see them when the lights turn low i am the sole recipient of autumn’s vivid dream i see things where there are not things i see things you’ve never seen i see rats around the edges of the crevices and holes i am the final great believer in the twisting of the human soul i taste the water but i do not swallow down angels and promises have run me out of town there’s a bird trapped in the chimney i hear him when the lights turn low i am the sole beneficiary of winter’s broken scheme there are stones around my ankles they are tied to me with string sixteen hives of killer wasps and seventeen of bees i hear them when the lights turn low © 2007 kirsty mcgee / big oak songs
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i’ve got you over my skin can’t tell you what a state we’re in i chase you here chase you there in the corners and under the stairs i’ve got you under my nails everything i do seems to fail like the god of falling apart everything tastes of you i’ve got you inside my shoes as thick as blue suede i’ve got a coat made from you you are my lampshade i’ve seen you outside in the sun your hair is grey like the moon you leave your hair in my room everything sounds of you dust devil in pale blue shaking hands with the tiles and it’s one of your smiles that i see in my mirror ball dust devil and moonshine neither your fault nor mine but it’s the curve of your spinning smile that returns in the dead of night dust devil in pale blue the fur of yesteryear everything smells of you you’re spent like a magazine i’ve got you over my skin god’s arms, what a state we’re in i chase you here chase you there in the corners and under the stairs © 2007 kirsty mcgee / big oak songs
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poor, poor angela, what’s become of you? he’s standing by the screen door, saying that you’re through, and all this heartbreak - will it ever end? that’s no way to treat a friend oh adriana, full of tears and woe your gold turned into silver and your silver into stones: they left when there was nothing more to spend that’s no way to treat a friend there’s ice out in the parlour three feet deep the snow just keeps on falling, but the company you keep will it get you thorugh the winter in the end? that’s no way to treat a friend peter, poor peter, where will you go now? stuck out in a small town where the road runs out and did he drop you with your bags out on the bend? that’s no way to treat a friend you build up all your trusting three miles high you build it up so solid you no longer see the sky so when it falls, there is so much more to mend that’s no way to treat a friend mary, mary, mary, don’t it make you blue and as empty as the promises in the letters that he sends you, it’s a shame how he will borrow every little thing you lend that’s no way to treat a friend there’s ice out in the parlour three feet deep the snow just keeps on falling, but the company you keep will it get you through the winter in the end? that’s no way to treat a friend © 2007 kirsty mcgee / big oak songs
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first was rain then there was snow there was a wind see how it blows if you can see then you will see: there’s profit where my finger is sun, deep in the sky burning the ground steady and high here is the sun burning the sky: there’s profit where my finger lies i’ll make this world a better place here is a war they fight about me they fight about bombs they’re crossing the sea the sea is a toy the land is all gone: there’s profit where my finger is see, if you can see where the world shakes it’s shaking for me you do it yourselves and nearly as well to make this world a better place and if you doubt reason it out famine and flames hunger and drought if you can see then you will see: there’s profit where my finger is lord, if you could allow one month or two for now without your fatal blow we’ll make this world a better place oil under the sea coal in the pits, profits for free over the rise, up in the skies: we’ll fly from where your profit is there’s profit where your finger is © 2007 kirsty mcgee / big oak songs

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Rough-hewn demos and cover versions from Kirsty McGee and Mat Martin, featuring four demos for songs later to appear on the album 'The Kansas Sessions' and two cover versions, including one by producer of 'The Kansas Sessions', Mike West.
A great sister-disc to 'Kansas', or for those people interested in the development of songs and the influences songwriters have on one another, and in a really live, bare sound on disc.
Hobopop Recordings, 2007

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released September 1, 2007

Kirsty McGee: Vocal, Guitar, Mandolin
Mat Martin: Banjo, Guitar, Tenor Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo Uke, Feet, Vocal

Produced by Mat Martin
Recorded in Glorious Lo-Fi by Mat Martin
Mastered by Steve Stewart at the Old Vicarage, Cambs
Artwork & Graphic Design: Mat Martin

All songs by Kirsty McGee except 'Share Croppers' by Kreg Viesselman and 'Betray My Trust' by Mike West.

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A wandering maverick and spellbinding live performer with a voice that has been described as having the texture of smoke & velvet, McGee defies categorisation, to make 'hobopop' –“music of no fixed genre”. Her continuously evolving musical personality is proof that a freedom from artistic restraints can sometimes produce a unique, enthralling and original voice with a rare honesty. ... more

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